HIGHLIGHTS CARMEL REFORMED CHURCH “Bound in God’s Love” DECEMBER, 2014 HOPES AND FEARS Sacred Christmas carols are a cherished tradition. But during sorrow and struggle, some lyrics may seem hard to swallow. “O come, all ye faithful, joyful and triumphant”? Where is the joy when my loved one has just died? Where is the triumph if I’ve lost my job? “Silent night, holy night, all is calm …”? Not in my house; I’m exhausted from the fighting. “The little Lord Jesus, no crying he makes”? Our baby screams with colic for hours on end. Yet … listen: And you beneath life’s crushing load, Whose forms are bending low … Oh, rest beside the weary road And hear the angels sing. —”It Came Upon the Midnight Clear” Truly, God reaches out to the happy and hurting alike. “The hopes and fears of all the years are met” — and gathered up — in the babe of Bethlehem, who shares our joys and troubles. There are Christmas carols for us all. (Taken from NEWSLETTER Newsletter) WHAT’S MISSING? When shopping for gifts became too difficult, an elderly man decided to just send checks to relatives. In his Christmas cards, mailed early, he wrote, “Buy your own present!” After the holiday, the man noticed he’d received few cards in return. Puzzled, he went into his study, intending to write to a few relatives and ask what had happened. As he cleared his cluttered desk, the horrified man found the answer. Under a stack of papers were the checks he’d forgotten to enclose with his cards! The lesson? Don’t be in such a hurry to give gifts that you inadvertently leave out what’s most important. Without the message of Jesus and his birth, the earthly trappings of Christmas are empty indeed. (Taken from NEWSLETTER Newsletter) December 7 AM: Heather De Jong, Nikki Bomgaars, Kayla Bomgaars, Jayden Fedders, Andrew Frick; PM: Carol Sandbulte, Carson Vanden Brink, Raia Downs. December 14 AM: Mimi Sandbulte, Erica Robertson, Jaren Pierce, Alex Frick, Aubrey Sandbulte; PM: Nicole Vanden Brink, Blake Bomgaars, Katelyn Dykstra. December 21 AM: Kristi Van Voorst, Rachel Terpstra, Brett Segar, Brendan Downs, Sadie Sandbulte; PM: Michon Moget, Mason Vander Lugt, Kasi Koedam. December 25 Christmas Day Service. Kendra Heitritter, Jo Moget, Nick Van Regenmorter, Kierra Wolfswinkel, Makenna Bollinger. December 28 AM: Kristi Gesink, Jackie Huizenga, Cassidy Bollinger, Kelby Haverhals, Aubie Mulder; PM: Kay Koedam, Taya Gesink, Anthony Janisch. January 4 AM: Donna Tea, Ronda Leusink, Carter Vande Vegte, Anna Vonk, Dexter Hooyer; PM: LeaAnn Van Regenmorter, Ayda Maassen, Kaylen Wolfswinkel. Call the church office by noon on Thursday, with your special number. If you are not able to have special music the scheduled time, please try to exchange with someone. Top name is AM; bottom is PM: Dec. Dec. Dec. Dec. Jan. Jan. Jan. Jan. Feb. * * * * * * * * * * * * Feb. REFRESHMENT SCHEDULE R - serve on Sunday morning; C - each bring 5 dozen cookies. Dec. 7 - R-Alan Sandbulte, Marlin Van Voorst; C-Conni Hulshof, Ronda Leusink, Amanda Haverhals, Rhonda Haverhals, Muriel Oostra. Dec. 14 - R-Dan Fedders, Bernie Mulder; CNicole Vanden Brink, Colleen Bomgaars, Frieda Bartels, Mimi Sandbulte, Beth Te Grotenhuis. Dec. 21 - R-Glenn Vander Lugt, Warren Post; C-Jo Te Grotenhuis, Erica Robertson, Eug. Sandbulte, Kaye Kuyper, Teresa Sandbulte. Dec. 28 - R-John Leusink, Frieda Bartels; CHazel Haverhals, Helen Vande Vegte, Mary Lou Verburg, Carmen Maassen, Linda Mulder. Jan. 4 - R-Pete De Jong, Verlyn Van Regenmorter; C-Carol Langstraat, Anita Van Ravenhorst, Doree Wolfswinkel, Cheryl Sandbulte, Paula Bollinger. 7 - Steve Rozeboom Jerry Rus 14 - Alan Sandbulte Betty Sandbulte 21 - Florence Sandbulte Christmas Program 28 - Gary Sandbulte Harv Sandbulte 4 - Henry Sandbulte Howard Sandbulte 11 - Kevin Sandbulte Owen Sandbulte 18 - Rick Sandbulte Rodney Sandbulte 25 - Shawn Sandbulte Steve Sandbulte 1 - Vince Sandbulte Michael Sas 8 - Ron Schmith Matt Segar * * * * * * * * * * * Dec. Dec. Dec. Dec. Jan. 7 AM - Jim Vande Zandschulp Alex Vanden Brink PM - James Vanden Brink 14 AM - Heidi Vande Zandschulp Eddie Vander Weide PM - Warren Vonk 21 AM - Glenn Vander Lugt Preston Vander Plaats PM - Kelly Zinnel 28 AM - Randy Vander Weide Ken Verburg PM - Tom Zwart 4 AM - Pete Vonk Henry A. Wolfswinkel PM - Dave Bohl TRANSFER The membership of Eric Sandbulte has been transferred to Faith Reformed Church of Brookings, SD. May God bless him in his new church home. * * * * * * * * * * * * At our Annual Congregational Meeting on November 17, we elected four new consistory members. Jerry Noteboom and Loren Punt were elected to the office of elder and will replace outgoing elders, Jeff Haverhals and Alan Sandbulte. Jerry Renes and Jared Terpstra were elected to the office of deacon and will replace outgoing deacons Phil Hooyer and Chad Robertson. The newly elected consistory members will be installed and ordained on Sunday, January 4. A big thank you to all who helped make our Harvest Supper and Auction a success. Thanks to those who helped with setting up and clean up. Thanks to all those who helped organize and serve the Dad’s Belgian Waffle supper. To the GEMS for providing and serving snacks ad beverages during the auction. To those who picked up donated items. To those who helped during the auction and silent auction. Each and every one was so very much appreciated. A big thank you to all who donated items, and bid on those items at the auction. The proceeds for the evening after expenses comes to approximately $20,500.00. * * * * * * * * * * * * PIGS-IN-THE-BLANKET Thank you to everyone who packed a shoe box for Operation Christmas Child. We collected 81 boxes this year. Your gift of love may be the door God uses to open a child’s heart to Jesus Christ. The pigs-in-the-blanket have been selling well. We will be making them one more time before the holidays. So watch the bulletin for the day and time. We would appreciate your help to make the last batch. One afternoon of your time is all we need. The fellowship while we make them is great, so join us in working for the PITB project. Proceeds from the PITB sales will go to the Multi-Purpose Building Fund. * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * OPERATION CHRISTMAS CHILD REMEMBER OUR SERVICEMEN DURING THE HOLIDAYS Saturday, December 20, 9:30-11:30 a.m.— Sunday School Christmas Program practice for Nursery thru 6th Grade. Sunday, December 21, 6:30 p.m.—Sunday School Christmas Program. (Note time!) Thursday, December 25, 9:30 a.m.—Christmas Day Service with Pastor Voskuil. Sunday, December 28, AM and PM worship services, but No Sunday School or youth meetings. There will be NO New Year’s Eve Service. As the holidays approach, please remember our servicemen with a card or note. Trevor Pritchard PSC 41 Box 2371 APO, AE 09464-0024 ET3 Burrington, Daniel P. USS Kauffman Dept. CS Div. CE FPO AE09576-1513 Deacon’s Corner – DECEMBER Financial Report - Carmel has again completed its financial year. The Annual Financial Report has been compiled and everyone received a copy in their church mailbox. We again were blessed financially and were able to meet all of our obligations. Thank you for your support of the work and missions of Carmel Church. Outreach Fund – The Outreach Fund is available to assist Carmel Reformed Church members participation in mission projects/trip by providing financial assistance for registration and travel expenses. This does not include normally scheduled JR/SR youth group trips. The fund will reimburse ½ of travel and registration costs up to $500.00 per individual per calendar year. Please contact the Outreach Fund deacon or one of the other deacons for an application form. Pig-in-the-Blanket Fundraiser - The proceeds from the Pig-in-the-Blanket fundraiser will go to the Multi-Purpose Building Fund. Zestos –The Zesto’s Freezer in the church kitchen continues to have food items for those who are in need. If you are in need, please help yourself to whatever is in the freezer, no questions asked. If you know someone in the surrounding communities that is in need this would be a great opportunity to be the hands and feet of Jesus by taking some food items to them. Christian Care – The Christian Care Fund is available to assist with financial needs for those who are encountering difficult circumstances and are struggling to cover their basic financial needs. Please see the Christian Care Fund deacon if you are in need of assistance. Adoption Fund – For those considering an adoption please consider inquiring as to whether you will qualify for the Carmel Reformed Church Adoption Assistance Fund. This fund makes available up to $1,500 to assist active Carmel Reformed Church members with adoption costs. See any deacon for details and a copy of the application form. All requests will require consistory approval. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ SR. RCYF SCHWANS FUNDRAISER The Sr. RCYF is having a Schwan’s Fundraiser until December 30. When you order, the Sr. RCYF will receive 20% on all product sales from November 16 - December 30, 2014. They will earn 5% from December 31, 2014 to November 16, 2015. The Sr. RCYF will also earn 40% on eGift Cards (online only; limit 1 per customer, per campaign). To participate in this fundraiser you must order online or by phone. Existing Schwan’s customers on a designated delivery route must also order either online or over the phone to contribute to this fundraiser. Products are delivered directly to the home of each supporter during the fundraiser. If you are not home at the time of delivery, they will leave your items in a protected freezer bag at no cost to you. HOW TO ORDER: Go to: www.schwans-cares.com/c/16646 to place an order. By phone: call 1-855-870-7208 (campaign ID no. 16646). If you have any questions about this fundraiser or need help with ordering, contact Paula Van Voorst, 712-441-3710 or Hans Smolders, 712-441-1639. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ CADET FUNDRAISER: The Cadets are selling Pizza Ranch punch cards as a fundraiser. They are $5. If you have not been contacted and would like to support this fundraiser, contact one of the Cadets or head counselor, Josh Leusink. S. S. MISSION PROJECT This year’s Sunday School mission project is “Talking Bibles”. Talking Bibles make it possible for men, women and children to hear and understand the spoken Word for the first time. Our mission offering is off to a great start. So far we have collected $986.20. So we’ve collected enough for almost 30 Bibles. How many Bibles can we give with our mission offering this year? Remember the Sunday School mission offering is taken the second Sunday of each month. * * * * * * * * * * * * Angels Walking by Karen Kingsbury Somewhere in heaven a decision has been made. An Angels Walking team has been assigned to a desperate mission. Can the small and seemingly insignificant actions of the unseen bring healing and redemption? A Big Apple Christmas by Reyes, Sattler, Sowell, Turansky Four heartwarming stories that capture the sights and sounds of Christmas in the Big Apple. Romance is in the air, but can faith bring the love light home? A Bride by Christmas by Goodnight, Hake, McDonough, Stenzel In an era when a single woman had little hope of support and security outside marriage, four young women find themselves talked into weddings on the eve of Christmas celebrations. Can these unlikely couples find happiness and trust God with their future? The Miner's Lady by Tracie Peterson Two families have been sworn enemies for decades but young love still blooms. When tragedy occurs, is there any hope that the hatred that has simmered between these two families might be resolved? KEN DAVIS “LIGHTEN UP & LIVE” Ken Davis - “Lighten Up & Live” event is coming to Hull, Saturday, December 13, 7:00 p.m. It will be held at Western Christian High School Gymnasium. The doors will open at 6:15 p.m. Tickets are available at the Hull Chamber Office, American State Bank in Hull, True Vine in Sioux Center and Something Special in Rock Valley. Tickets are $20 for general admission, $15 for groups of 10 or more. For more information please contact Shelly at [email protected] * * * * * * * * * * * * JFA SERVING OPPORTUNITIES Justice For All is planning the 2015 January-February ‘Serving & Learning’ Opportunities and would love to have you join one of the teams! Projects are being planned in Mexico, Mississippi, & Haiti throughout the months of January & February. For specific locations and dates, you can check out our website – www.jfa-nwiowa.org; or email [email protected] or call Pat or Lauren at 712-4762804. There will be an informational meeting on Monday evening, January 5, 2015 at JFA Ministry Center, 1335 Valley Dr, Rock Valley, IA at 7:00 p.m. Sign up is possible by picking up an application at JFA, or by email. If you are interested in the Mexico trip, please contact Pat by the end of December. * * * * * * * * * * * * NEED A CHRISTMAS GIFT IDEA? Remember the Carmel Cookbook makes a great gift and they are only $10. Cookbooks are available at the church office or at Casey’s Bakery in Sioux Center. * * * * * * * * * * * * HULSTEIN, Chris & Ashley 3020 Ironwood Avenue Hull, IA 51239 AN UPDATE FROM JONI BYKER OUR MISSION PROJECT PARTNER Dear brothers and sisters in Christ, When I look back at the year 2014, I honestly don't know what to say. It has been the most challenging, stretching, scary, and really unbelievable year of my life. Everyone on my team would say the same thing. As most of you are aware, the largest Ebola outbreak in history, landed on our doorstep in March 2014. It has changed our lives forever. We went from not knowing a single thing about Ebola, to being on the world's stage, as one of the main responders in the largest outbreak in history. And then, it touched us all in a very personal way, as two of our own were diagnosed positive with the EVD virus. After the earth shattering news of the test results, it was decided that the best choice for our team at the moment, was to evacuate Liberia. To get on that airplane, and to leave all 350 national staff behind, was an extremely difficult thing to do. There were so many unanswered questions. But as our headquarters wisely advised us, we needed to pull out briefly, so we can regain perspective, reload, and enter back in with renewed energy and strength. And God did just that. We reentered Liberia in September, and continue to be one of the main responders in this outbreak. I have been working at our headquarters in Boone, North Carolina, for the last seven weeks. My role is largely to support the response team in Liberia, through their various interventions such as distributing infection, protection, and control kits as well as training family members on how to take care of their sick loved ones, and helping guide our rapid response teams which respond to hot spots throughout the country. We have sent two 747s in the last six weeks to Liberia, which includes 200 tons of Ebola supplies for our team. To date, we have distributed 4,000 infection, protection, and control kits, and have trained 18,000 persons in Ebola awareness and education. Although the numbers have decreased in recent reports, we are far from being out of the woods. There are still consistently around 20 new cases every day, and Sierra Leone next-door is once again exploding with cases. Our team covets your prayers. I will be returning to Liberia, December 28, as team lead for the response. I ask for prayer for me to lead our team through this difficult situation. Please pray for wisdom, discernment, favor in our relationships with the government, and other organizations. And as always, pray for the protection of our staff. God is still good, despite what we have gone through in 2014 as a team. We don't always understand what God is doing, especially when we see the suffering going on all around us. But, we trust Him. We trust in His goodness, we trust that He is sovereign, and that He will get the glory through this. Thank you for your continued donations, and thank you for praying. Joni Byker 15 16 17 - DECEMBER 1 2 3 4 5 6 - 7 9 10 11 12 14 - Mrs. Reba Marra Todd De Jong Harv Sandbulte Mrs. Brooke Byker Mrs. Marcella Langstraat Brad Oostra Mrs. Carmen Maassen Mrs. Sara Heijerman Joe Heitritter Mrs. Sara Sandbulte Mrs. Conni Hulshof Lloyd De Jong Austin Vonk The Steve Sandbulte’s Mrs. LaVonne Van Essen Bryce Meendering Aubie Mulder Mrs. Shari Kruid Mrs. Karissa Roetman Mrs. Amy Rozeboom Wilbur Van Grootheest Wyatt Leusink Mrs. Donna Tea Mrs. Gwen Klein 18 19 20 - 22 23 25 27 28 29 30 31 - Mrs. Keri Statema Charley Dibbet Matthew Smolders Mrs. Jaci Wynia Mrs. Mary Lou Verburg Mrs. Nellie Vander Vliet Taya Gesink The Eric Dirksen’s Megan Punt Trev Koedam Chantelle Prins Josh Leusink Mrs. Misty Zwart Mrs. Linda Prins The Preston Vander Plaats’ Lanae Van Meeteren Mrs. Becky Ochsendorf Mrs. Kendra Heitritter Mrs. Carol Van Voorst Mrs. Carole Kleyer Stan Prins Reed Koedam Hezekiah Vanden Brink Cole Bomgaars Sadie Sandbulte Karlee Leusink The Joe Heitritter’s Dylan Moget Glenn Lange Mike Haverhals ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ ATLAS of Sioux Center invites you to Harp & Bowl Community Prayer every Thursday evening from 7:00 - 9:00 p.m. at the HOME building in Sioux Center (located behind Culver’s). Come and go as your schedule allows. For more details visit www.siouxcenterpandw.blogspot.com. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Bring your family, neighbors and friends to enjoy a FREE meal together at New Life Reformed Church on Thursday, December 11, serving from 6:00-7:30 p.m. The meal is free and open to everyone. This month’s meal host is Pella Corporation ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Adoption Support Meeting. Katelyn’s Fund Orphan Ministry invites you to please join us at 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, December 11, in the Fireside Room of First Reformed Church, Sioux Center. Parents’ Night Out. Our team is thrilled to offer parents the opportunity to break away for an evening! Your children will be entertained in a fun and safe environment while you do a little Christmas shopping, enjoy a wintery date night, or simply catch up on laundry with some steamy cocoa. Please watch for registration information.
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